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Home Building

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Mortgage-Free!: Radical Strategies for Home Ownership (Real Goods Solar Living Book)

    by Robert L. Roy, Rob Roy, Robert L. Money-Saving Strategies for the Owner Roy, Builder; Chelsea Green Publishing Company
The origins of the word "mortgage" are Old French and translate roughly to "death pledge." Rob Roy takes a radical approach here to help the reader understand how mortgages work; explains clearly how, if you have a mortgage already, you can maximize ... View details »

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Green Remodeling : Changing the World One Room at a Time

    by David R. Johnston, Kim Master; New Society Publishers
Whether because of changing lifestyles or simply because houses are becoming outdated, millions of North Americans are renovating their homes every year, spending more money annually on renovation than on new-home construction. But renovations can be... View details »

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Stone, Log and Earth Houses: Building With Elemental Materials

    by Magnus Berglund; Taunton Press
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Living Homes: Thomas J. Elpel's Field Guide to Integrated Design and Construction

    by Thomas J. Elpel; HOPS Press
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Home Building:Architecture

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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction

    by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein; Oxford University Press
The second of three books published by the Center for Environmental Structure to provide a "working alternative to our present ideas about architecture, building, and planning,"A Pattern Language offers a practical language for building and p... View details »

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Mainstreaming Sustainable Architecture: Casa De Paja--A Demonstration

    by Ed Paschich, Jan Zimmerman, Dave Madden, Wristen Paschich; University of New Mexico Press
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Home Building:Earth Construction

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The Cob Builders Handbook: You Can Hand-Sculpt Your Own Home

    by Becky Bee, Mitch Spiralstone, Alex McMillan; Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Well written in plain, understandable language which even the most basic beginners can clearly understand. Her illustrations are equally clear. There is no doubt that anyone who is interested in building with cob can follow the steps in this book and... View details »

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The Hand-Sculpted House: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage (The Real Goods Solar Living Book)

    by Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, Linda Smiley, Deanne Bednar; Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Cob, a structural composite of earth, water, straw, clay, and sand, has been used for centuries, in virtually all parts of the world, to create homes ranging from mud huts in Africa to lavish adobe haciendas in Latin America. This practical and inspi... View details »

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The Complete Book Of Underground Houses: How To Build A Low Cost Home

    by Rob Roy; Sterling Publishing
According to Roy, underground or `earth-sheltered' houses are unexpectedly livable. Judging by his book's attractive pictures, that's easy to believe. The house he bases his point-by-point guide on is indeed a showplace. Its homey touches are just th... View details »

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Australian Earth-Covered Building

    by S Baggs, J Baggs, D Baggs; New South Wales Univ Pr Ltd
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Ceramic Houses and Earth Architecture: How to Build Your Own

    by Nader Khalili, E. Nader Khalili; Burning Gate Pr
How-to-build step by step an adobe and ceramic architecture that is affordable and self-help. How to build arches, vaults, domes, and utilize the natural energy of wind, sun-and-shade to help save forests and create a sustainable architecture. How to... View details »

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Complete Book Of Cordwood Masonry Housebuilding: The Earthwood Method

    by Rob Roy; Sterling Publishing
Build a low-cost, energy-efficient home! Rob Roy, cordwood's most famous builder, with the help of nearly 300 photos and how-to illustrations with easy-to-follow directions, shows how and how not to build your very own stunning log-end home. Full-col... View details »

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Adobe and Rammed Earth Buildings: Design and Construction

    by Paul Graham McHenry; University of Arizona Press
Presents both engineering information and detailed technical data for adobe and rammed earth building.... View details »

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Build Your Own Earth Oven : A Low-Cost, Wood-Fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves

    by Kiko Denzer; Hand Print Press
Fully-illustrated handbook for making a simple, wood-fired, masonry-style oven. It provides clear, step-by-step instructions for building and firing the oven, as well as complete directions for making sourdough bread in the best (and simplest) artisa... View details »

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The Rammed Earth House (Real Goods Independent Living Book)

    by David Easton, Cynthia Wright, David Eaton; Chelsea Green Publishing Company
The beauty and grace of rammed earth construction is described in fascinating detail by David Easton. The photographs of different structures, both modern and ancient, by Cynthia Wright, create a breathtaking glimpse into a building technique that is... View details »

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Building with Earth: A Guide to Flexible-Form Earthbag Construction (A Real Goods Solar Living Book)

    by Paulina Wojciechowska; Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Using inexpensive, recycled, or salvaged polypropylene tubing or textile grain sacks, even relatively inexperienced builders can construct a tree-free retreat, studio, or full-time home. This book gives detailed instructions on earth architecture, de... View details »

Home Building:Energy Efficiency

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The Good House Book : A Common-Sense Guide to Alternative Homebuilding Solar * Straw Bale * Cob * Adobe * Earth Plaster *& More (A Natural Home Book)

    by Clarke Snell; Lark Books
Here’s an intelligent look at how a home is supposed to function and a variety of different building approaches. What’s important is finding the right solution to fit your individual needs, local climate, and natural resources. The broad range of top... View details »

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Building for Energy Independence: Sun/Earth Buffering and Superinsulation

    by Don Booth, Jonathan Booth, Peg Boyles; Community Builders
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Solar Energy Houses: Strategies, Technologies, Examples

    by Anne Grete Hestnes, Bjarne Saxhof, Robert Hastings, International Energy Agency; James& James Science Publishers
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Home Building:Passive Solar

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The Passive Solar House (Real Goods Independent Living Books)

    by James Kachadorian; Chelsea Green Publishing Company
This book offers a technique for building homes that heat and cool themselves in a wide range of different climates, using ordinary building materials available anywhere and with methods familiar to all building contractors and many do-it-yourselfers... View details »

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The Passive Solar Energy Book: A Complete Guide to Passive Solar Home, Greenhouse and Building Design

    by Edward Mazria; Rodale Press
A seminal reference on the fundamentals of solar design. Easily used, yet thorough and quantitative. Should be required reading for everyone in the architecture & building design fields. Sunfall info given here is relevant to every structure ever des... View details »

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The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling

    by Daniel D., Ph.D. Chiras; Chelsea Green Publishing Company
This text presents a relatively nontechnical description of passive solar heating and cooling principles that can be used in the construction of homes heated and cooled simply through the absorption or dissipation of sunlight. The author, who has des... View details »

Home Building:Straw Bale

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The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes

    by Athena Swentzell Steen, Bill Steen; Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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The New Strawbale Home

    by Catherine Wanek; Gibbs Smith Publisher
The New Strawbale Home compiles floor plans and images from thirty cutting-edge homes across North America, from California to Quebec, New Mexico to New England, showcasing a spectrum of regional styles and personal aesthetic choices. This practical ... View details »

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Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climates (Real Goods Solar Living Book.)

    by Paul Lacinski, Michel Bergeron; Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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Build It With Bales: A Step-By-Step Guide to Straw-Bale Construction, Version Two

    by S. O. Macdonald, Matts Myhrman; Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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Buildings of Earth and Straw: Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw Bale Architecture

    by Bruce King, Ann Edminster; Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Chelsea Green'sThe Rammed Earth House and The Straw Bale House chronicle the possibilities and realities of straw bale and rammed earth construction. Buildings of Earth and Straw fills in the gaps for professional builders, ... View details »

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Straw Bale Building

    by Chris Magwood, Pater Mack, Elisabeth Ohi, Peter Mack; New Society Pub
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